In Schenectady, businesses along Upper Union Street are giving back to the community during the holiday season through in-kind donations and other big-hearted activities. Some of the charitable tie-ins include Trustco Bank, Make a Wish Foundation; Sondra’s Fine Jewelry, Toys for Tots; Musler’s, Book Collection for Mont Pleasant Middle School Special Education Classroom; Phillips Hardware, Toys for Tots; Gershon’s Deli, Things of My Very Own; Kateri Tekawitha School, City Mission Toy Drive and Dunkin Donuts, Toys for Tots.
In Schenectady, the Concerned for the Hungry Thanksgiving food program, now in its 39th year, provided large food baskets to more than 2,300 families in Schenectady over the Thanksgiving holiday season. About 400 volunteers (some of whom are shown in the photo above) gave their time to help collect and sort donated food and prepare it for distribution to needy families. Food, money and other donations came from scores of institutions throughout the city. Concerned for the Hungry is a volunteer organization working to fight hunger in Schenectady County. For more information or to volunteer or donate, visit www.concernedforthehungry.org.
In Albany, Allie B’s Cozy Kitchen on Clinton Avenue continued its support for the community by serving 300 free turkey dinners on Thanksgiving Day. The restaurant also sponsored a fully catered Thanksgiving dinner for one local family. The restaurant is owned by Kizzy Williams, whose restaurant donates both food and profits to dozens of organizations throughout the Capital Region each year.
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